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News Release

Woman in Kapuskasing Died as a Result of Overdose; SIU Terminates Investigation

Case Number: 18-PCD-077

Mississauga, ON (25 April, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated the investigation into the death of a 65-year-old woman last month in Kapuskasing. 

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on March 12, 2018, paramedics attended the woman’s residence in the area of Riverside Drive and Kolb Avenue after being notified of a possible overdose. From outside the woman’s residence, they witnessed her consuming what appeared to be pills. The woman eventually opened the door and allowed the paramedics to enter. Police – who were requested to assist – arrived soon after. The woman would not divulge what she had consumed, and as a result, she was persuaded to attend hospital for treatment. At 2 a.m. the following day, the woman was pronounced dead in hospital as a result of an overdose. 

Director Loparco said, “There is nothing that the police officers did that contributed to the woman’s death. Accordingly, I have terminated this investigation.”

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342